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The Social Life of Gender

The Social Life of Gender

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December 2017 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Social Life of Gender provides a comprehensive approach to gender as an organizing principle of institutions, history, and unequal interpersonal relations. This new title will develop students’ capacity to use gender analysis to question social life more broadly, presenting a critical sociology based on the unique insights gleaned from the study of gender. Through bold, concise, and intellectually generative writing, the authors explore culture, geopolitics, and the economy, providing students with a succinct, accessible, and critical grasp of core debates in the sociology of gender.


Dawn Dow, Katherine Mason
Katherine Maich, Gowri Vijayakumar
Author Biographies
Introduction: Conceptualizing Gender
Chapter 1: Power (Abigail Andrews)
The Gender Orders of Institutions  
Gender Hegemonies  
A History of Gender Hegemonies  
The Ambiguities of "Progress"  
Associated Readings  
Chapter 2: Position (Abigail Andrews)
Thinking through Difference: Beyond Universality and Objectivity  
Standpoint Theory: A Sociology for Women  
From Thinking Gender to Thinking Difference  
Beyond Binary Thinking  
An Epistemology of Difference  
Associated Readings  
Chapter 3: Representation (Jennifer Carlson)
Emphasized Femininity  
The Power of Images  
Imperial Advertising and Commodity Fetishism  
Gendered Advertising and the Growth of Industrial Capitalism in the U.S.  
Norms of Neoliberalism  
How Images Harm  
Representing Hegemonic Masculinity  
Marginalized Masculinities  
Conclusion: Shifting Gendered Norms  
Associated Readings  
Chapter 4: Practice (Jennifer Carlson)
From Gender Identities to Gender Practices  
Gender Accountability  
Interrogating the Science of Sexual Difference  
Embodiment: Bodies as the Effect of Gender  
Doing/Undoing Gender and Sex  
Associated Readings  
Chapter 5: Gendering Sexuality (Oluwakemi M. Balogun & Kimberly Kay Hoang)
The Development of Human Sexuality as a Field of Inquiry  
Early Feminist Interventions: Force versus Consent  
Contemporary Debates around Sex Trafficking  
The Politics of Sexual Rights: LGBTQ Rights Movement  
From Sexuality to Sexualities: Power and Play  
Doing Gender, Doing Sexuality  
Sexualized Intersections: Sexuality, Race, Class, and Nation  
Globalizing Sexualities  
Associated Readings  
Chapter 6: Gendering Crime and Justice (Jennifer Carlson)
From Violence against Women to Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence  
Rape Myths  
The Social Construction of Victims and Criminals  
The Paradox of Women's Violence: Blurring Victimhood and Criminality  
The Gender Gap in Violence: Men and Masculinity  
Gendering Justice  
Undoing Violence, Recognizing Gender  
Associated Readings  
Chapter 7: Gendering Social Reproduction (Dawn Dow & Katherine Mason)
The Social Organization of Biological Reproduction: Historical and Global Perspectives  
Adoption and Fosterage: Decoupling Biological Reproduction from Child-Rearing  
Outsourcing Reproduction and Reproducing Inequality  
Who is Responsible for Social Reproduction? Historical and Global Perspectives  
What Does Reproductive Labor Entail?  
Debating Reproductive Labor  
The Stalled Revolution: Persisting Gender Differences in Reproductive Labor  
The Mommy Wars and the "Opt-Out Revolution"  
New Family Forms, New Forms of Social Reproduction? Legal and Technological Innovations  
Associated Readings  
Chapter 8: Gendering Exploitation (Abigail Andrews and Raka Ray)
Gender Norms and Inequities in Today's Workplace  
Occupational Segregation by Sex  
The Glass Ceiling and the Glass Escalator  
Explaining Sex Segregation at Work  
The Gender Wage Gap  
Other Forms of Discrimination  
Barriers to Union Organizing  
Gendering Neoliberal Globalization  
Gendered Migration and the Global Care Chain  
The Global Factory and the New Feminine Worker  
Microfinance, the “Responsible Woman,” and the Triple Burden of Public Service  
Gender Transformations in the Informal Economy  
Reconstructing Masculinities on the Margins  
The End of Men? Or More Glass Ceiling?  
Beyond the Gendered Economy  
Associated Readings  
Chapter 9: Politicizing Gender (Gowri Vijayakumar and Katherine Maich)
Rethinking the History of Feminism: Waves and Currents  
Nineteenth and Early 20th-Century Gender Activism in the United States  
Feminisms in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s  
The 1980s and 1990s: Critiques of White Feminism, Queer Politics, and Transnational Solidarities  
The 2000s and Beyond: Institutionalization, Backlash, and New Directions  
Associated Readings  
Chapter 10: Decolonizing Gender (Raka Ray)
Constructing the Global World Order  
The Effects of Struggles around Decolonization  
Colonial Positions and the Politics of Knowledge  
The Geopolitical Construction of Gender  
Contextualizing Our Concepts: Ideas Mediated by Culture  
Associated Readings  
Olawakemi Balogun, Kimberly Hoang


Instructor teaching site
SAGE Gender and Sexuality Resource Site is an open access site meant to enhance the teaching and learning environments in gender and sexuality courses. Video, podcast, and web links are provided for the following topic areas: 
  • Theories of Gender and Sexuality
  • Learning and "Doing Gender" 
  • Sexual Minorities
  • Sexual Violence and Commodification 
  • Crime, Social Control, and the Legal System 
  • Religion
  • Politics and Power
  • Families, Intimate Relationships, and Reproduction 
  • The Workplace
  • Health and Medicine
  • Education
  • Sports
  • Media and Popular Culture
  • Social Movements and Activism 
  • Gender and Sexuality Across Cultures

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Chapter (1) – (Power).

Chapter (6) – (Gendering Crime & Justice).

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